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How It's Made

Let’s get meta. There are other people in my life who, while good writers themselves, are at a loss for how to do what I do here–that is, write essays and articles and so forth on a daily basis. I figured it might be useful to describe that process in a bit more detail, and to use one of my Sunday posts for that purpose rather than one of the usual weekday slots.

What Works, What Doesn't

It’s Meta Sunday. You know what that means. Every so often, I like to see what posts are getting the most attention. I’ve done it before in one of these Sunday posts. Time for an update! Rather than list specific articles, I will just note the general topics and themes that seem to do best around here (in terms of people reading them). What’s most popular? * History * Discussion of sexism and gender issues * Politics * Financial topics That’s cool.

POV Creep and Logo Progress

Here we are, another self-indulgent Sunday. Maybe I can abbreviate that to SIS. First things first: progress is being made on a logo, albeit a bit later than I would have liked. I saw some concepts, and I really liked one of them, so that’s going to be played with and refined into some more variations for me to evaluate. I’m looking forward to that. That’s all I wanted to say about that, so I’ll move right into the other topic for this post: POV creep.

Slowly into social media

Just one of those weekly updates about behind-the-scenes stuff. This past week, I set up a Facebook page for this blog. I have friends who want to keep up with what I write here but, for totally understandable reasons, forget to check it regularly. Without a reminder, it’s easy to miss. While I would normally tell people, “just use my RSS feed!” that’s not really the way people do things in 2016.

Topics for 2016

I wrote last week about resolutions for this blog for 2016. This time, I’ll mention some potential topics I’d like to dig into over the course of the year. I keep a running list of topics that interest me and which I haven’t yet written (much) about. What follows below is not a complete list, but a selection of those I find particularly interesting. At least part of my goal here is to see if there’s any interest in others reading about these topics, so if you have any thoughts about them, please speak up!

2016 Resolutions

Most people do new year’s resolutions, right? As far as I know, few people actually accomplish them, though. Maybe I can do a bit better. My goals for this blog for the next year are a combination of things that can be accomplished in the short term as well over the course of the year. In no particular order: * Get a logo produced and finalized. I expect to have this by the end of 2015, but will start considering contingencies if not.

Sleep Mode

The title is a bit of a misnomer. I like it anyway. I’ll be quite busy over the next few weeks, such that I don’t expect a lot of in-depth writing to be done here. It’s also a time of year that I imagine most people are spending time with their families and friends rather than reading random blogs (though I guess you never know). In any event, as always I plan to have daily updates of one sort or another.

Changes, Bugs, and Popularity

Believe it or not, there are some site-related things to talk about this week! First off, I have upgraded Wordpress to the latest version, which is 4.4. This did not break any plugins, as far as I can tell, but it did break post scheduling, which I rely on heavily. I installed a plugin that should hopefully resolve it, but I guess we’ll see. I’ve also changed a few other things around:

Elucidation as Self-Improvement

Writing about writing is the sort of thing Sundays are for around here, so that’s what you’re getting. Granted, it will not be an extended set of thoughts–perhaps in the future. Most of my rhetorical development has come out of two sources: debating online and debating with friends. Both involve different approaches and dynamics, but I will try to summarize my experiences with the two. * Debating with friends requires a level of sensitivity in offering corrections or potentially volatile information.

Exit: November

Okay, so November isn’t over until Tuesday. Still, we’re almost there. It’s now a week into my reduced activity period, which feels kind of weird. I already miss writing lengthier posts. I may get back into that sooner rather than later, but with an eye toward making sure I give at least some kind of update each day. I’m still waiting on a logo and I will probably make some other small cosmetic changes around here.